The name derives from that of its discoverer, the English doctor, and diplomat Clarke Abel. These, staying in China in 1816-17, following the commercial mission of Lord Amherst, he devoted himself, among other things, to the study of the flora of that country. One of the last plants discovered by Abel was precisely the Abelia and precisely the Abelia Chinensis. They are flowering shrubs, always-green and deciduous, of moderate height, with delicate flowers and graceful bearing.
Abelia Chinensis (m 1.25), deciduous, white scented flowers shaded in pink in summer and autumn; Abelia floribunda (cm 95 – m 1,50), evergreen, pink-red flowers in summer; A. Grandiflora (m 1.20 – 1.80), semi-deciduous, white and pink flowers in summer and autumn; A. Schumannii (1.50 m), deciduous, small white or pink flowers in late spring and summer; Abelis trifflora (3.70 – 4.60 m), deciduous, white flowers shaded in pink at the beginning of summer.
any permeable soil will be good for the Abelias; sunny position, except in the hottest places where, in the summer months, it requires a half-shade. The plantation is carried out in autumn or late winter; pruning must be done after flowering, cutting some of the older branches and shortening the most disordered; however, a real pruning is rarely necessary. The multiplication is done by cuttings in the month of July, using glass containers or propagation beds with heat source from the bottom; in spring the longer branches can be used to make offshoots.